I’m cheating a bit this week to feature two baseball cards of New York Mets prospects. And I’m pretty sure I got my set of 2015 New York-Penn League Top Prospects at a Staten Island Yankees game I went to in September with my friend Greg.
But let’s talk about our two Brooklyn Cyclones players.
Alfonzo, a member of the New York Mets’ playoff teams in 1999 and 2000, will be coaching in Brooklyn for a third straight year.
Ratliff, a 4th round draft pick in 2008, was forced to give up his playing career as the result of injuries sustained when he was struck in the face by a foul ball in a 2011 spring training game. He served as the hitting coach for the Rookie-level Kingspoort Mets in 2015.
Third baseman Eudor Garcia, a 2014 fourth round draft pick who played for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats last season, has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
You probably don’t remember Yunir Garcia unless you closely follow the Mets minor league system (or one of their minor league affiliates.)
Garcia is a Venezuelan who signed with the New York Mets organization as an 18-year-old in 1998. A light-hitting catcher, Garcia spent his entire playing career with the Mets. He retired after the 2006 season, but did briefly reach the Triple-A level.
In 2008, Garcia was hired to coach the Venezuelan Summer League Mets team. In 2010, he managed one of the Mets’ Dominican Summer League teams. Over the last five years, he’s been a coach for the Gulf Coast League Mets, Kingsport Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones teams, slowly working his way up the organizational ladder.
I got this baseball card from my friend Jeff, who likely got it signed while Garcia was a member of the Cyclones’ coaching staff last season.